Nuggets of Wisdom

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nightly Frights: The Gashlycrumb Tinies


Hey kids! Want to learn your ABCs? What’s that? You would rather not? Great! Because when you learn your alphabet from the Gashlycrumb Tinies, you’ll want to remain illiterate forever.

This is an excellent stop-motion interpretation of Edward Gorey’s art. The only criticism is that the poem lyrics go by too fast. Here they are for those unable to pick up on them:
A is for Amy who fell down the stairs
B is for Basil assaulted by bears

C is for Clara who wasted away
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh

E is for Ernest who choked on a peach
F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leach

G is for George smothered under a rug
H is for Hector done in by a thug

I is for Ida who drowned in a lake
J is for James who took lye by mistake

K is for Kate struck with an axe
L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks

M is for Maud who was swept out to sea
N is for Neville who died of ennui

O is for Olive run through with an awl
P is for Prue trampled flat in a brawl

Q is for Quentin who sank in a mire
R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire

S is for Susan who perished of fits
T is for Titus who was blown to bits

U is for Una who slipped down a drain
V is for Victor squashed under a train

W is for Winnie embedded in ice
X is for Xerxes devoured by mice

Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in
Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin